Newly released is the high-end coffee table book, called Guitar With Wings by Laurence Juber, the third and final lead guitarist with Paul McCartney & Wings. The 256-page book chronicles Juber's five decades in the business, including his years recording and touring with McCartney during Wings' final days. The Grammy Award-winning Juber was a member of Wings from 1978 to 1981. Guitar With Wings is limited to a special edition of 1,000 signed and numbered books.
Included with Guitar With Wings is an expanded CD of Juber's first solo EP, the fan favorite, Standard Time, which was recorded in 1979 during his tenure in Wings and released in 1982. Barring the Wings outtake -- the Juber-written "Maisie" -- the original release featured recordings of standards published by McCartney's company MPL.
Guitar With Wings marks the first time a member of Wings has published his memoirs. Juber, whose work with McCartney can be heard on Wings' final album, 1979's Back To The Egg, 1981's live set The Concerts For The People Of Kampuchea -- along with the hit singles "Goodnight Tonight," "Getting Closer," and "Coming Up," -- as well as the Grammy Award-winning "Rocketstra Theme."
Most recently, archival recordings of Juber in concert with Wings were featured on the new deluxe reissue editions of 1970's McCartney and 1980's McCartney II.
Laurence Juber, who has often referred to his three years recording and touring with Wings as his earning his masters in "McCartney University" -- is one of the few musicians from the Wings era to not walk away bruised by his time as the sideman to the world's most famous and beloved musician -- but rather has used the experience to carve out a fully developed, well rounded, and incredibly successful career in his own right and on his own terms: "The biggest thing that I took away from working with Paul; it’s very difficulty to look at McCartney and not think ‘Beatle,’ because that’s ingrained. But I worked with Paul McCartney ‘artist’ and what I learned from that experience is to follow my muse and to be my own kind of artist. And Paul has proven, he has a proven track record of being an independent-thinking artist. Y’know, he doesn’t simply try to retread ‘Beatleisms.’ For me, my lesson was: 'Be true to your own muse. Be true to your musical and artistic sensibility.'"
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